Dispute Resolution Centre accreditation and important information

Accreditation and important information

All short course participants should be aware of the following important information regarding registration and accreditation. 

The Mediation short courses offered by the DRC meet the threshold training, education and assessment requirements for National Mediator Accreditation as set out in the Approval Standards in the National Mediator Accreditation System. National accreditation may be obtained by:

  1. Completing the Mediation Short Course
  2. Completing the Mediator Assessment Course
  3. Applying to a Registered Mediator Accreditation Body for registration

Note: completion of both courses within nine months is compulsory to meet the National Mediator Accreditation conditions.

The Federal Attorney-General’s Department manages accreditation for Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners (FDRP). The DRC suite of short courses meet the training and competency requirements equivalent to the compulsory units of the Graduate Diploma of Family Dispute Resolution (CHC81115). On completion of the four DRC Short Courses and supervised practice, or the Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution, students may make an application to the Federal Attorney-General’s Department for FDRP registration. Please note, completion of the DRC short courses or the Graduate Certificate in Family Dispute Resolution will only make the student eligible to be accredited by the Federal Attorney-General’s Department as a FDRP provided that if, at the time the student commenced the short courses or the program, they satisfied at least one of the following requirements:

  • They held an undergraduate degree or higher qualification in Psychology, Social Work, Law, Conflict Management, Dispute Resolution, Family Law Mediation or equivalent; or
  • They held accreditation under the National Mediator Accreditation System (NMAS); or
  • They held the Mediation skill set from the Community Services Training Package (CHC); or
  • They could provide documented evidence of previous experience in a dispute resolution environment in a job role involving self-directed application of knowledge with substantial depth in some areas, exercise of independent judgement and decision making, and a range of technical and other skills.

Students with concerns about their eligibility to be accredited as an FDRP should contacts the Attorney-General’s Practitioner Accreditation Unit directly.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FDRP Training Courses – Prior to 2017

Please be advised from 1 May 2017 the Bond University Dispute Resolution Centre’s Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner training course changed due to the introduction of FDRP training package CHC81115. 

Participants who completed courses up to December 2016: please note we are no longer able to sign certificate of competency under the old training package. Participants who did not complete the requirements by the deadline will need to re-train by completing the equivalent of the new training package.

There is a restriction on numbers at all Dispute Resolution Centre training courses. Most courses are filled quickly. Registrations are accepted only if and when payment is received. The Centre reserves the right to cancel courses where there are insufficient enrolments. In the event the DRC needs to cancel a course when full payment has been received, the DRC will provide a full refund.

A certificate or letter of attendance will be issued at the end of each course providing all requirements have been completed. 

Legal practitioners may be eligible to apply up to 10 CPD units for completion of each short course. As per the QLS rules, it is up to the practitioner to identify which core area it applies to from their perspective.

Completion of these courses does not guarantee work as a mediator or FDR Practitioner. Participants should also consult with the accrediting and / or registration bodies to ensure they have met any additional requirements.

Payment must be made in full at the time of registration. If a participant elects to cancel their enrolment, cancellation fees will be applied as follows:

Cancellation 1 -- 15% (three weeks before the course)
Cancellation 2 -- 25% (one week before the course)
The DRC cannot be responsible for non-refundable travel and accommodation arrangements.

RPL is not usually awarded for DRC courses. Participants who wish to discuss this further should contact the DRC Office prior to registration.